This records has come a long way: It was in 2003 when there was a young synthpop-band called Lorraine from Norway that played a support gig in Germany for the indie-band delaware. Their first album was quality songwriting, the production crisp and the recognizable voice of singer Ole Gunnar Gundersen. It was filled with goodies like Highlights or Twenty Years under water. Although the album track Hold is our personal favorite.
Then the band moved to London, renamed to Blackroom, their studio burnt down and they were off the screen for a couple of years. Then we heard the dance-track Forever in Flight of Souldrop and recognized the voice of Ole Gunnar again. In the meantime he goes under the moniker Subshine with a wild mixture of Synth-sounds electric guitars and drum computers. We had the chance to see one of his first promo-gigs with material of this debut album in September 2018 in Bergen.
Wow, that was a long introduction – why this?
We wanted to show that this album has come a long way and although it is a “debut album” there is someone behind it who knows how to make good music since more than a decade.
And that is, what Subshine wrote on his social media channel too:
“WHAT A FEELING! IT TOOK ME THREE YEARS IN THE MAKING. AND I AM SINCERELY PROUD OF EVERY SONG.
I STARTED THE RECORDING IN DARKNESS AND THE EXPERIENCE DROVE ME STRAIGHT IN TO PERFECT LAUGHTER. THIS IS A ALBUM ABOUT HEALING, FAITH AND LONGING. ITS POP MUSIC! I´LL DARE TO BELEVE IT CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH MOMENTS OF JOY, AND EVEN PLEASURE. “
Well said – and that sets the mark for the whole album: Tracks like “Easy” or “Florence” have a lightweight but not light soundbed with those floating melodies.
There are many reminiscences to 80s sounds and song-structures (like in “Your love”) that provide a timeless setting for this album. Altogether covered with the unique voice of Subshine, that you instantly recognize when it is played on the radio.
And that is what should happen to the songs – more airplay! There are a plenty of indie-styled hits on this record and many many more people should take notice of that.
A great summer release straight from Bergen that needs far more recognition. Subshine knows what he is doing and delivers Quality Indie music from the West Coast to dance or dream to.